A few weeks ago I celebrated my one year anniversary working at American Profit Recovery, so I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on what I’ve experienced thus far during my tenure with the company as a collector. I should start by stating, that working here for the past 12 months, has sincerely been a pleasure. I’ve held various positions in the past, as I’m sure everyone else has as well, that made getting out of bed in the morning a constant struggle because I dreaded the work that awaited me once I arrived at the office. It’s extremely refreshing to say I have not had one of those mornings while working for this collection agency.
To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I initially accepted the offer to work here. I knew I would be calling people all day long, the office looked nice and the people there seemed friendly, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I had experience with over the phone sales positions in the past, so I was used to making a large volume of calls on a daily basis, but I never enjoyed those roles. No matter how successful I was in those positions, I always went home at the end of the day feeling like I just spent eight hours bothering people and I was hoping this gig would be different. Continue reading “This career is different”
One thing that sets American Profit Recovery apart from many companies is the management’s way of going above and beyond to show their appreciation for their employees. Some examples of this are APR’s annual Employee Week, the holiday party, and my personal favorite, the end of the year call. This is when all APR employees get together in the big conference room, eat pizza, and recap the highlights of the year. Every department is honored as we go over collection and sales statistics and address the important roles that our support and IT teams play in the grand scheme of things.
In this meeting, awards are handed out for various categories, like Most Improved Collector, Rookie of the Year, and of course, the Corporate Citizen Award, an award that every employee is eligible to receive. Prizes are also given to employees who submit Bright Ideas to make the company even better, as well as those who take the time to recognize the good behavior of others through APR’s Caught in Action program. Continue reading “How to show appreciation to your employees”
On February 23rd a team of American Profit Recovery team members braved the freezing weather to participate in a cause we all believe in at an event we’ve loved for years. The 2019 Polar Plunge to help raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. It was my second time jumping and I have to say, it’s one of my favorite ways to raise money for anything. Our kind hosts at Fork & Pint put forth a great effort assisting with the event, and thousands of dollars are raised each year. Having known a good handful of Special Olympics athletes over the years I can say it’s a great pleasure to assist in find them some donations.
A couple of people on our team this year were jumping for the first time, and I was asked by them as well as outside friends what it’s like to jump into icy waters and how in the world do you make that jump. Honestly, once you’re standing on the edge, it’s not that hard to jump, and once you’re in that water, it’s pretty hard to think of anything besides just how unbelievably cold it is.
However, once you’re hoisting yourself from that water, cold to the bone and carrying the weight of whatever waterlogged costume you may be wearing, you hear the cheers of the crowd and remember why you are doing it. There is a definite feeling of accomplishment and you can’t help but to think of all the volunteers and athletes you’re doing this for. If they are willing to work as hard as they are, then surely you can handle some icy water.
To anyone thinking of participating in the future, I highly recommend it. Sure, the water is cold, but it is worth every second in that water to support the amazing athletes and the organization that they work with.
I do love this time of year, as it seems everyone has a little more pep in their step and a smile on their face coming into the Holidays. It is a time of giving and a time to be thankful for our families and friends. Many people get to see loved ones that they may not have seen in a long time.
It is also a time to reflect on the, soon to be, year gone by. It is a great time to see what you accomplished this year and to also plan for a great year to come! As I reflect on the year gone by here at APR, I can’t help but smile and be grateful. Continue reading “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”
Often times when you think of collections and what debt collectors might be like I’m sure there’s a negative image in your mind right from the beginning. I am happy to say the reality is much different, especially those of us who work for American Profit Recovery. This agency has built an amazing foundation displaying what it means to work with “family” all while staying professional. What I mean by that is, from the moment you call our office you’re likely to hear “It’s a beautiful day at American Profit Recovery” or to see a smile as you walk into the office. Everyone knows you on a personal level and the culture couldn’t be more inviting. Everything from football talk, casual days, to cracking jokes during company calls, makes all the difference when you sit back and look at the big picture. Continue reading “What Is It Like Working for American Profit Recovery?”
Growing up, my birthday was one of the most exciting days of the year. It was one of those days my parents didn’t have to get me out of bed for. I was totally aware that it was MY day and very excited for the celebration/presents/cake/birthday wishes … it was awesome!
My birthday has changed a little bit over time. It’s now just a regular day. Void of the excitement of childhood, I awake to the obligations and routine of everyday life. The dog needs to go out, my son needs to be changed, fed, dressed, and brought to daycare … just a regular day. Continue reading “Reflections on another birthday”
It is hard to believe that I recently celebrated my 11 year anniversary at American Profit Recovery. A lot has changed in my personal life since that time in 2007 and I still remember the excitement and nervousness I felt during that first interview.
Since then, I have gotten married, had a daughter and moved twice. Likewise, there have been numerous changes at American Profit Recovery since that time. For myself, I have grown from a brand-new, very green collector, to managing a team of collectors, training and developing those collectors and seeing them grow into management roles themselves.
On a company level, I have seen American Profit Recovery grow from a small collection agency to a medium-sized (and proud of it!) agency. I have seen us grow each of our departments, I have seen office expansions, changes in procedure and continued advancements in our industry over the years that I never would have imagined.
While some may think that after a long career here at American Profit Recovery that I would no longer feel the same excitement I did during my first interview, the opposite is actually the case. I cannot wait to see what the next 11 years brings!
My experience has put me in a better place to anticipate some of those changes; however, they will be no less exciting to see. What I know for sure, is that whatever the future brings, I’m looking forward to continuing to grow with American Profit Recovery, and seeing the company continue to grow as well.
Want to see what Brit and others see in a career at American Profit Recovery. Check out the career page here.
We just got back from a great week in Louisville at the Landscapes 2018 and GIE+Expo. We work with many different types of industries and some of those industries just happen to have a special place in my heart. The Lawn Care and Landscape industry is simply one of my favorites.
These people are some of the most down to earth and easy going people you would ever want to meet. The industry provides such a valuable service and I love how much they truly care about their customers. I have to say that it was fantastic to see so many clients, some of which we have truly become good friends with. It is somewhat like a family reunion!
We received so much positive feedback and to hear how well we have done for them definitely makes me feel great. We have some of our highest recovery rates of any industry we work with. We are nearing 1100 clients in the industry and have some fantastic partners such as NALP and Real Green Systems.
We are very grateful to be able to help these great companies and hope to continue to grow the number of companies we help in the industry. Obviously, as we approach the winter months, their cash flow becomes even more important and we are proud to be a tool for these contractors to help them increase their cash flow and reduce some of their internal costs, time and strife.
Thank you to NALP for putting on this great event and thank you to all of our clients and partners, it was fantastic to see so many of you last week.
Want to learn more about how we can help your lawncare or landscaping company? Check out that page here.
Every year, our company celebrates all employees with employee week. During the week, we play fun games around the office, go to a Detroit Tigers game and get chances to win awesome prizes. Overall it is a great week with opportunities to bond with your co-workers.
What I loved most about this year’s employee week is how we started it off, and that was with helping the community. The Friday prior to employee week we went out as a company to Island Lake to volunteer as American Profit Recovery done for several years now. This was my first year going out and I had the job of painting picnic tables. Other jobs included, spray painting grills back to black, cleaning up trees on paths in the park, and taking staples out of picnic tables.
Helping out the community was fun but it also made a time for the company to spend time together and get to know each other better. We ended the day with a picnic that was put together by all the owners. We had hot dogs, burgers, and some yummy sides! We then played JUMBO JENGA and numerous yard games. Very fun, I am looking forward to many more years to come, not only to volunteer but employee week as well.
This is a great place to build a career!
Employee week is a great time of year for all involved. This was my third year and every year it has gotten better. It encourages employees to participate in bonding activities that push our competitiveness to a new level. This year I had the pleasure of being a team captain and got to work more closely with my fellow collectors.
We all worked towards one goal during the week as we were divided into different teams trying to win the big prizes. Despite this week being competitive, everyone stays professional and remembers we are all for the same reason, to help our clients and their consumers.
I also enjoy learning more about my coworkers with our daily quizzes, embarrassing/competitive activities but more importantly being shown what it means to work for a company who truly cares about you. I look forward to the owner’s breakfast every year where we have everything from Chocolate pancakes to made to order omelets. 2018 was another great year, and I look forward to all the years to come.